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Significance of Golu
Golu is a festive display of dolls and figurines in South India especially in Tamil Nadu during Navaratri. The dolls are placed on multiple steps in the house – in odd numbers. The numbers could vary from one to 11 depending on the number of dolls available for display. Generally, these bommais (dolls) are handed from one generation to another and so it is collected over the years. Golu is also said to symbolize the evolution of life and so the creators or Gods are placed in the top three tiers, The next 3 tiers are devoted to Godly men like rishis and munis . The last 3 steps depict the social life with the placement of helpers of our society like postman, police man, chettiyar, chettichi and miniature wedding sets,parks etc.During the Golu set-up, women invite other women and honor them by gifting betel leaves, coconuts, fruits, flowers, bangles, turmeric, kumkum (vermilion powder) and prasadam (devotional offering of food made for the Divine and then distributed among people).
Sundal & Navaratri
Sundal preparation is really simple. Usually legumes are soaked overnight and then cooked till its soft but not mushy and then finally tempered with mustard seeds, curry leaves, red or green chili and Asafoetida. If we use Red chili for tempering we can use hing to enhance the flavor. Finally garnished with fresh grated coconut. If we use Green chili then we can use ginger in place of hing to enhance the flavor.
Traditionally we make Sundal as Prasad, but its not only confined for that. We can make Sundal on any day as a salad enriched with veggies. For Festival we don’t add onions. Bur if we are making it as a salad, we can add chopped onions too.
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